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'Manmohan a better PM than Vajpayee'

Pakistanis also think the United States is closer to India than it is to Pakistan.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2006 23:31 IST

Pakistanis rate Manmohan Singh as a better Prime Minister than Atal Bihari Vajpayee with regard to Indo-Pak relations.

"Sixty per cent (in Pakistan) think Indo-Pak relations are better under Manmohan Singh than it was under his predecessor, Atal Bihari Vajpayee," according to the findings of Gallup-Outlook opinion poll in Pakistan.

A substantial majority of 55 per cent feel the people-to-people contact between the two countries has helped Indo-Pak relations while 53 per cent of the Pakistanis see India as "enemy", The Outlook magazine said in a release.

An overwhelming 89 per cent feel New Delhi was wrong in accusing Islamabad of exporting terrorism into India and 76 per cent of Pakistanis feel it was necessary to resolve the Kashmir issue first for peaceful relation between the two countries.

While 70 per cent of the Pakistani nationals are sure that India will never part with Kashmir, only 36 per cent of them think that issue could be resolved in their lifetime, it said.

Interestingly, there were more Pakistanis now (41 per cent) than before who were willing to accept the conversion of the Line of Control into an international border as a solution to the Kashmir problem. The figure was 29 per cent in August 2003, when the last poll was conducted by the magazine.

Also, 50 per cent Pakistanis think the United States was closer to India than it was to Pakistan.